NASELLE — Wahkiakum pitchers were perfect the first time through the Naselle batting order, but a six-run sixth inning gave the Comets a 7-2 victory over the Mules Wednesday, May 1. Ethan Lindstrom pitched around four walks and a hit batter, allowing just two hits in six innings.

Wahkiakum starting pitcher Brody Carlson retired all six batters he faced and led off the second inning by drawing a walk from Ethan Lindstrom. He took second on a wild pitch, then stole third and scored when Kolton Lindstrom’s throw got by Joe Strange at third base, putting the Mules up 1-0.

Lindstrom, getting called strikes all day with a huge curveball, ran into his biggest trouble in the fourth, when he allowed three base runners. He escaped with the help of a pickoff of Beau Carlson.

The Comets hit the ball hard the first time through the order, but Mule outfielders got to everything, including a pair of diving catches. Finally, leading off the fourth, Warren Wirkkala hit the ball where no one could get it in the left-center field gap for a single, becoming the Comets’ first base runner. He advanced on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a Cole Dorman sacrifice fly to tie the game.

James Anderson started Wahkiakum’s fifth by reaching on an error, reached third on stolen bases and scored on Lindstrom’s errant pickoff throw to first, making it 2-1.

While Wahkiakum showed strong outfield defense, their infield committed errors on two of the first three at bats in the sixth, and Kolton Lindstrom capitalized with a two-run single off Damion Curl to put Naselle ahead 3-2. Some walks and wild pitches by the back end of the Mule pitching staff created a two-out rally that stretched the lead to 7-2.

After seeing a heavy dose of curves all day from Lindstrom, the Mules saw more of the same against Josh Townsen in the seventh and finally squared the pitch up for a couple of hits. But Townsen came up with a pickoff and emerged unscathed to finish off the win.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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